Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

BetterLesson

BetterLesson is an online site dedicated to providing educators with access to high-quality tools and resources that support implementation and alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site features lessons and resources from over 130 selected Master Teachers from across the country...

Number of views: 64
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm

In this paper, the authors discuss five major characteristics that an accommodation should have in order to be considered in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs: (1) Effectiveness, it must be effective in making assessments more accessible to the recipients; (2) Validity, it should not alter the focal...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 84
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Considerations for Special Education Assessment Systems

From the Introduction: "This paper was developed to provide guidance and recommendations about how to include special education in a comprehensive assessment system and avoid concerns about too much testing for students with disabilities who receive special education services. First, it provides a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 92
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:45

Challenges and Opportunities for Language Learning in the Context of the CCSS and the NGSS

The Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, hereafter referred to as “the standards”, represent a significant change in standards-based reform in education. Their release has generated considerable interest among education stakeholders, with 45 out of 50 states now...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 94
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:42

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 100
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 118
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 119
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners

This document comprises guidelines for practitioners when making suitable decisions regarding the assessment of English language learner (ELL) students in academic content areas. The guidelines provide recommendations about assessment issues relevant to ELL students, such as developing assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:49

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